The Hill reports that lawmakers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee will ask federal officials for an overview of current privacy and data security legislation in the U.S. The July 14 "Internet Privacy: The Views of the FTC, the FCC and NTIA" hearing will feature witnesses including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, National Telecommunications & Information Administration chief Lawrence Strickling and Edith Ramirez of the Federal Trade Commission. Subcommittee chairs Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) scheduled the hearing in response to recent high-profile data breaches. An internal Republican majority memo notes concerns that plans for tougher laws and regulations could harm Internet commerce.
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